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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Legacy 7 v 7 Statewide League Week 2 Recap

Listen again to The Coach Hop Show which livestreamed event and will in the future as well.  Listen to interviews with top performers, Jeff Corrion of The D Zone, and Allen Trieu of Scout.

The 2nd week of the season was quite as close to madness as you'll get.  Legacy's Gray team had what will be the play of the entire league as Hartland 2020 WR/DB Logan Tobel's leaping one hand catch made the #9 play on Sportscenter on Saturday night, we'll get back to that below.  As for the rest of the league, no one had as much success as Legacy Navy who are now the only undefeated team at 6-0.

Legacy Navy (3-0, 6-0) continued their dominance as they had 2 of the most productive players in the league over the weekend.  Lansing Sexton 2018 Slot Cody Blankenburg led the league with 13 catches and cashed in 7 of those for touchdowns.  Saline 2018 QB Jason McGovern will take over the Hornets, but first will lead Navy to hopefully a repeat of the title, he was tied for most touchdown passes thrown by a QB with 5 and was 15/20.  Divine Child 2018 QB Theo Day wasn't far behind in the stat book with 11/14 passing and 3 touchdowns.  Day who received a few offers during the week was selected as one of the teams top performers and interviewed live along with the others which you can listen to above.  Country Day 2018 WR/RB/CB Isaiah Johnson is a lengthy and athletic CB who defends well and picked off an interception.

Michigan Next Level (3-0, 5-1) will be a force be reckoned with in the tournament again, especially since Saturday featured the return of St. Mary's 2018 QB Caden Prieskorn who missed the first week.  Prieskorn brought in MVP honors offensively as he and his teammates knocked off previously unbeaten, East Black.  Prieskorn will be forever adorned in Michigan with his touchdown pass with 6 seconds remaining in the D3 title in 2016.  Defensive MVP honors went to Monroe 2017 OLB/SS Jovan Johnson Jr. as the unsigned senior is a great athlete and can move well plus match up physically.

Legacy Kalamazoo (2-1, 5-1) is at 5-1 with their only loss coming to Legacy Navy. The experienced squad was still no match for the Navy squad which is bad news for the rest of the league as Kalamazoo has been playing great.  Tri-unity 2017 WR/DB Braydon Sherrod who was selected to play in the all-star game in June was the teams top performer offensively as him and Concordia, Ann Arbor signee, South Christian 2017 WR Brady Vis each had 7 catches and 3 touchdowns.  South Christian 2018 LB/RB Toby Hulst was one of seven players to record at least 1 pass break up and 1 interception over the weekend as he was selected as the teams top defensive player.

Legacy East Black (2-1, 5-1) had plenty of new contributors step up this week outside of the go-to guys.  Detroit Central 2018 WR/CB Darrius Adkins finished as the #2 receiver in the entire league as the speedster logged 12 catches and turned half of them (6) into touchdowns.  Port Huron 2020 QB Zack Stone was given offensive MVP honors for the week with 9/18 passing and 2 touchdowns.  Lake Orion 2018 S Logan Borrero was selected as the squads MVP as the last line of defense didn't allow much to get by him.

Bridging The Gap A (2-1, 5-1) started off the madness early as their B team (2-1, 3-3) pulled off the stunner in the first session which could play a major role in the seeding later in the season.  For the A squad. Canada Herman 2017 WR/SS Cody Holmes won MVP honors and Holy Names 2017 DB Inho Choi was awarded defensively.  For the B squad Holy Names 2018 WR Theo Johnson was named offensive MVP and Herman DB Cade Pender was named defensive MVP.

Legacy Detroit (3-0, 3-3) was another with a big turn around this week, as they defeated WR Nation on the last play of the game to lift them right back in contention as this is a very loaded them.  River Rouge 2019 QB Emanual Ferguson (11/15 - 3 TD's) was awarded MVP honors by the coaches as he delivered the game-winning touchdown to his teammate, Wisconsin commit, River Rouge 2018 S Reggie Pearson.   Pearson was also a no-brainer for the squads defensive MVP as he was one of three players who had 2 interceptions Saturday.  River Rouge 2019 CB/SS Corry Thomas recruiting has been dumbfoundingly quiet since he received 3 offers in 3 days in early summer, as the physical and speedy DB is legit.  Thomas had a nice interception reading the QB and stepping in front of the receiver for what looked like a routine play for Thomas.  Seaholm 2019 QB/LB Gray Kinnie was another top performer with 17/25 for 4 touchdowns.

Legacy White (3-0, 3-3) rebounded in a big way after losing their 3 games last week they came back strong in the 2nd week.   Detroit Catholic Central 2019 ATH Parker Bohland brought in MVP honors with 5 catches / 1 touchdown performance.  Saint Johns 2019 LB Konnor Near brought in MVP honors defensively for a 2nd straight week for Legacy White.

Legacy Flint (2-1, 3-3) had a huge play on Saturday when Bendle 2018 QB/SS Brent Scott tossed a perfectly located pass to the corner of the end zone where Flint Carman-Ainsworth 2019 WR/CB De'Shawn Gibson (2 catches for 2 touchdowns) snagged in the pass with 1 hand, easily getting both feet in bounds, but the outstretched 1-hander was no exaggeration and a extremely tough play for Gibson to make.  Flint Powers 2019 LB/WR Joey Zorn took home MVP honors with 7 catches for 5 touchdowns.  Defensively Grand Blanc's Nic Erlenbeck took home the MVP honor.

Legacy West Green (2-1, 3-3) primed up the days suspense as they upset their "A squad," Legacy West White.  The Green squad with offensive MVP, Orchard View 2018 RB "ATH" Jayden Day is no push over and proved that Saturday.  Day finished the day with 6 receptions and 3 of them went for touchdowns.  One player to watch these next 4 years will definitely be Middleville Thornapple Kellogg 2021 WR Jake DeJong, as he's good sized already and can catch/move well for his size as an 8th grader! Defensively Wyoming 2018 FS/WR Tony Jolliffi was acknowledged for his play with 1 interception and 1 break up.

Michigan Elite B (2-1, 3-3) rebounded to get in the thick of the 3-3 pack.   Walled Lake Western 2020 WR Abdur-Rahmaan Yaseen  concluded the day as offensive MVP with 5 catches for 1 touchdown and is is definitely one to keep an eye out for these next 3 years as he contributed for Walled Lake Western as a Freshman   Defensive MVP for Michigan Elite was Detroit Jesuit 2018 WR "ATH" Malcolm Jones who had 1 interception and break up.

Legacy East Red (1-2, 3-3) took 2 losses after a much better week 1.  Clarkston 2018 RB/CB Michael Fluegel brought home offensive MVP honors with 3 catches and 1 touchdown out of the backfield.  Clarkston 2020 CB Zach Reid carried his weight defensively with 2 broken up passes.   Mount Morris 2019 RB/CB Josiah Curry turned up a strong performance with 5 catches and 1 touchdown.

Legacy West White (1-2, 3-3) has seen better days and surely will in the future.  The loss of Muskegon Catholic Central 2020 ATH Cameron Martinez proved to be massive as it validates the fact how big of an impact player, Martinez is as a Freshman.  Muskegon High swept the awards for the White team as Muskegon 2019 WR/CB Lamarion Sherrill was crisp and fluid and near impossible to stop as he logged 4 catches, 3 of which were touchdowns.  Muskegon 2019 LB/WR Jakobie Harris earned defensive honors.

WR Nation (1-2, 3-3) had a tough loss as time expired, but still has a lot of talent to climb back up towards the top.  Bloomfield Hills 2018 QB John Paddock was solid as usual and if not for 5'11" height would be well within double-digit offer range.  Just watch the junior film, but on the day he was 19/30 for 5 touchdowns.  Defensive MVP honors went to West Bloomfield 2020 WR Christian Fitzpatrick who played LB and moves extremely well and has great size.  Fitzpatrick already holds 2 offers and more are surely on the way.

Michigan Elite A (1-2, 2-4)  repeated with a 1-2 record, but had big days from their MVP's of Chippewa Valley 2018 WR/RB Donovan Estell who had 7 catches for 2 touchdowns.  Millington 2018 QB Bryce Bearss had a great day throwing the ball with an 18/24 and 5 touchdown performance.  Defensively De La Salle 2018 TE/LB Cameron Crosby is under the radar, but following this off-season you should expect that to change.

Legacy Saginaw Maroon (1-2, 2-4) went 1-2 again for the 2nd week in a row, but could have very well been sitting at 4-2 overall.  They held up Legacy Red East in the red zone as the game ended and lost on the last play of the games to WR Nation and Legacy Detroit.  Hemlock 2018 QB Kade Peters was selected as the squads MVP with 9/20 passing for 3 touchdowns.  Arthur Hill 2018 ATH Malique Foster was given MVP honors with a 2 interception performance and a few other breakups.  Foster had 2 clutch catches on offense as well.

Legacy Lansing (1-2, 1-5) picked up their first win of the season.   Fowlerville 2019 WR JT Maybee had 5 catches as he was selected as the squads MVP.  Lumen Christi 2018 CB/RB Sebastian Toland was selected as defensive MVP as he had an interception for the 2nd straight week and 5 receptions.

Legacy Gray (1-2, 1-5) the youngest team in the league and played in the last session for the 2nd straight week, but it was the young team who will likely have the play that will remain talked about for years to come.  Hartland 2020 WR/CB Logan Tobel made the #9 play on SportsCenter on Saturday night following his touchdown catch from Ithaca 2021 QB Brady Hessbrook.  The one handed catch was no ordinary catch as Tobel who is just a Freshman extended all 6'2" of his body and managed to get his hand on an overthrown pass that had both nearby defenders anticipate was going to a receiver several feet above him.  Fortunately after the video was uploaded Retweeted and tagged a few times, it found its way to ESPN personnel to be replayed on ESPN.   Detroit Catholic Central 2018 DB Tyler Mckee was selected as the teams MVP with 2 interceptions.

Legacy Saginaw White (0-3, 1-5) is a young team who made several errors and eventually fell to more experienced teams at the top of the standings and also was the opponent of Logan Tobel and his Legacy Gray team which made ESPN top 10 plays.  Saginaw Arthur Hill 2020 QB/FS Zamarion Foster was the top offensive performer with 6/17 passing for 2 touchdowns and would have had more completions if not for several dropped passes.  Reese 2018 DB Matt Nobles moved over to a LB spot to take advantage of his versatility.  Midland 2019 WR/FS Carter Grove had another big day with 2 catches both were touchdowns.

Legacy Macomb (0-3, 0-6) failed to get much going offensively.  Fraser 2018 WR/CB Kenneath Redd Jr. provided the spark offensively with 5 catches for 2 touchdowns.  Defensively the top performer awarded was given to Eisenhower 2019 FS/LB Ian Kennelly who had an interception and flew around from the Safety position.  Romeo 2019 LB/RB Brock Horne also added 2 interceptions and 1 pass break up.

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